Kim Bedard gets her car cleared for a coffee run while her kids Hailee, Brianna, Alex and Micala enjoy the first snowfall.
ADIRONDACKS — The first significant snowfall of the season dumped about 10 inches of the white stuff across the North Country Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning.
A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect until 2 p.m., Wednesday. Essex County is expected to receive between 6 and 10 inches of snow by the end of the day.
The storm has moved fast through the North Country, starting at about 10 p.m. Tuesday in some parts of the county and is expected to continue until about 2 p.m.
As of 9:15 a.m. the Wilmington area received about 12 inches of snow, Moriah 10 inches, Ticonderoga 9 inches, Peru 6.9 inches, and the Lake Placid and Plattsburgh areas received about 8.5 inches according to Brian Montgomery, a meteorologist for the Nation Weather Service.
The snowfall led to several vehicles loosing control on roadways this morning, according to Essex County 911 Dispatcher Max Phwaits. There were between 15 to 20 cases of vehicles loosing control Wednesday morning and 11 reported cases were awaiting assistance at 10:20 a.m., he said.
The snowfall caused multiple car accidents Wednesday morning that resulted in the closure of a 10-mile section of State Route 73 in Essex County by The New York State Department of Transportation.
Around 9 a.m., the Gilmore Hill Road section of Route 73, just west of the hamlet of Keene, was closed until further notice after four tractor-trailers jack-knifed on the Gilmore Hill section of Route 73, blocking the state highway.
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Assistant Managing Editor Andy Flynn contributed to this article.